Many authors have shown interest in the limits of truth
How do you decide who to trust? Do we have to believe everything the TV says? And the radio? Fake news was not invented because of the Internet, but something much older and more human that explains its origin: the lie. Therefore, to understand the phenomenon of fake news, Junior Report proposes these three books.
The War of the Worlds (The Penguin English Library), by H. G. Wells
The novel explains an alien invasion. But what does that have to do with fake news? Well, many people thought it was real. It happened in 1938, when the actor, director, screenwriter and American film producer Orson Welles adapted the story to broadcast it on the radio as if it were a series. In New Jersey and New York there were real scenes of panic and Welles had to apologize publicly.
The Adversary (Paperback), by Emmanuel Carrère
Sometimes, fake news is simple lies that grow until they get out of control. In the early 1990s, a man named Jean-Claude Romand was about to be discovered. He had lied all his life. He was not the successful doctor he claimed to be. But before the truth could be discovered, he killed his wife, children and parents and tried to commit suicide, but didn’t succeed. He was sentenced for life. The author wanted to meet him and wrote this book.
The Spoiler (Paperback), by Annalena McAfee
Set in 1997, during the years of the Internet, when it was still believed to be something that would eventually go out of fashion, and where today most false rumors and fake news are generated. The book talks about an interview between two journalists (a reputable professional and an ambitious rookie), their interests and their methods to get closer to the truth. According to the author, today’s journalism is no longer enough to be informed, you also have to know story behind.